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Apr 7, 2008, 2:30 PM

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I ran it out of gas and now it won't start. I can here the fuel pump working but no gas is getting to the engine.i have not changed the fuel filter in 3 years ,can this be the problem.


Apr 7, 2008, 2:52 PM

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its more likely that the fuel system is air bound now from the pump pumping air through the lines.

fill the tank, cycle the ignition without starting to prime the pump. and try to start it. it will take several attemps to get all the air out.

since there is air already in the system, it would be a good time to do the filter. usually its by mileage more then time elapsed.

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Apr 7, 2008, 2:58 PM

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Your problem is that air has got trapped in the lines, the best way to get it out is to find the fuel test port on the fuel rail....push the middle core in, have someone try to crank until you see gas comming out...CAUTION !!! WHILE DOING THIS KEEP A RAG OVER THE TEST PORT AND YOUR HAND TO KEEP THE GAS FROM SPRAYING IN YOUR FACEShocked

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Apr 7, 2008, 3:04 PM

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I did that and gas came out, but i still can't smell any gas going to the engine.

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Apr 7, 2008, 3:17 PM

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Then you have to test the injectors and see if they are receiving any voltage....this is usually done with a noid light.

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Apr 7, 2008, 3:32 PM

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Do you think it could be the fuel filter, because it was coaking a little bit in the last week,and when i ran out of gas it just shut down.

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Apr 7, 2008, 8:52 PM

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Just put a new fuel filter in and rule that out for now. Then it's got air again from just that. Prime the throttle body with starting fluid if need be. It will - well should - purge the air in lines out - it was running before you ran out of gas. Know that running out of gas it hard on the fuel pump. If it was weak that might have hurt it. Pressure test may show it's not up to par,

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